Skylar Atencio - Teacher
I started to take yoga classes more so my first year of college. I was recovering from a rock climbing injury and found yoga to be the only form of physical movement that felt good for me to do at the time. I ended up always looking forward to go to yoga class, and notice how happy my mood was after leaving class. At the same time as these experiences I was also battling with depression. I had a low self-esteem and poor body image values. I found that in my yoga practice those anxieties, worries, and things I thought were important just melted away. Doing yoga has provided an avenue for me to appreciate my body, and athleticism, as well as the my other strengths instead of weaknesses. Weaknesses do show up in your yoga practice. But mastering the posture isn’t the ultimate goal. For me yoga is peace in the body and the mind. Everything else is a result of that peace. Shortly after practicing yoga often, I found myself in my first 200 hour teacher training. And completed the training in 2015, and have been teaching yoga in the Reno/Tahoe since then.
I became involved with Urban Lotus Project because two things I am passionate about are education, and yoga. I have worked with several schools, and am an aspiring future school teacher. I love working with kids, and have experience working with students who have experienced trauma in some way. I want to help incorporate my yoga teachings to help young people become more confident in themselves and their abilities. Yoga also provides a healthy avenue for teens and youth to express themselves, and become more aware of their bodies.
When I am not in service with ULP or not teaching yoga at other places I still enjoy rock climbing. I do not rock climb nearly as much as I use to, but yoga has helped heal most of my injury. But I want to stay safe so I can ALWAYS do yoga:). No injuries=more yoga. I enjoy hiking and getting fresh air because that is my other source of sanity than yoga. On my days off I love to go hiking or spend time outside and get fresh air. I enjoy snowboarding in the winter time.
My Mantra: Aham Prema!
Aham Prema is sankrit which means so many things all in this short little phrase. It means:
“I am divine love
I am that which I seek
I radiate beautifully perfect love.
I am that love “
(When chanting this mantra over and over again this is the meaning that is envoked. Aham Prema = I am love.)
I always remind myself to always choose love, because I am that love. Instead of seeking happiness in others and worldly things, this mantra reminds me that I have everything that I could possibly need already.